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Few Parking Alternatives Exist for Westfield Century City Shoppers

The mall will increase its parking rates starting sometime in 2013.

When Westfield Century City mall eliminates free parking sometime in 2013, shoppers aren't likely to find many reasonable parking alternatives nearby. 

The mall could eliminate its three-hour free parking policy and start charging customers to use what is currently the only free parking structure in Century City as soon as fall of 2013.

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The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, in addition to nearby office buildings, does offer public parking, but not for cheap. At Century Plaza, non-guests will pay $10 for the first hour of parking, plus $4 per each additional hour, with a maximum amount of $36.

Westfield's new parking fees have not yet been set, though Planning Commission documents say the parking "shall be provided for patrons at market rates consistent with rates charged at nearby offices and hotel buildings and/or similar shopping centers in Los Angeles during all hours of operation." The nearby Westside Pavilion offers three hours of free parking, Grove shoppers get the first hour of parking free, and Beverly Center patrons are charged $1 per hour for the first four hours of their trip.

How much are you willing to pay for parking? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Barbara Broide October 06, 2012 at 02:05 PM
You might title this article, Nearby Neighbors Angry About End of Free Parking at Westfield. While it is likely frustrating for the Mall to be providing parking for patrons of nearby offices, for those who live nearby and frequent the Mall, this is a real slap in the face. When originally approved by LA City, one of the conditions placed on the Mall was that it provide free parking for patrons. Now we learn that that condition has been removed and done so with a minimum of notification to nearby neighborhoods. The City requires a 500 foot notice. However, the impact of the Mall goes well beyond the 500 feet. In fact, the neighbors nearest to the Mall (and going west to Beverly Glen) have established preferential parking districts that do not allow ANY public parking on their streets. So, the impacts from employees and others in Century City (from the Mall and offices) is felt west of Beverly Glen in our area and yet we were not notified of the proposed change. At the most recent Westwood So. of Santa Monica Blvd. Homeowners Association there were complaints and concerns raised about the reported change in Mall policy. The Mall is both a regional mall and a local center. We experience negative impacts as well as the benefits of having the Mall nearby. However now we, its neighbors, are feeling betrayed that the free parking promised to us will be removed in a deal broken/brokered in private where all concerned and impacted were not invited to the table.
Minoter October 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Actually, the City is only required (in this case) to notify abutting property owners, not those within a 500 ft. radius. So Westfield chose to do the bare minimum rather than hear public outcry. The Westside Neighborhood Council got a notice but I guess they just decided to sit on that information rather than let the larger community in on the secret. How come?
Hoover D. February 04, 2013 at 06:02 AM
In time Westfield will discover that they have made a mistake. I am sure that many patrons will avoid Century as much as possible. I will go to Culver City or other shopping areas that don't ding you every time you want to get a bite or shop a bit. It is funny how this mall committed to free parking years ago and now they are showing their greed.

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